Conclusion: From describing to prescribing—transitioning to place-based conservation

William P. Stewart, Daniel R. Williams, Linda E. Kruger

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The chapters of this book describe various perspectives from the social sciences of place-based conservation. The prescriptive implications are often close to the surface and become entangled with them. This chapter highlights four overlapping approaches to the practice of place-based conservation and acknowledges the difficulty of separating descriptions from prescriptions: (1) a planning process, (2) an emergent process, (3) an organizing concept, and (4) a framework for policy. Yet to be considered are the incorporation of cultivating new communication channels, developing civic capacity, identifying appropriate roles for expertise, integrating multiple geographic scales, and customizing governance strategies. Addressing these challenges will support transitions to place-based conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlace-Based Conservation
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Social Sciences
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789400758025
ISBN (Print)9789400758018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Civic capacity
  • Land-use planning
  • Multiscalar governance
  • Natural resource policy
  • Stakeholder conflicts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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